Life After Delivery

The following was posted on facebook by Ryan Garrelts. Enjoy!
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”
The other replies, “why, of course. There has to be something …after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.
“Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?”
“I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”
The other says “This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.”
“I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.”
the other replies, “No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” says the other, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.”
“Mother??” You believe in mother? Where is she now? “She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.”
“I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.”
To which the other replied, “sometimes when you’re in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her.” I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality….

It’s Not About Lemonade

I’ve been thinking a lot about the changes in our lives recently. There are the changes that have happened to my family, and the changes that have happened to people in our country. Of course we think about those affected by the Boston bombings and the explosion in West, Texas. But people are affected by incidents and tragedies every day, and their stories don’t make the news.

Where is God in all of this change? Yes, it’s often tragedy and turmoil, but God has a way of working everything to the good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Despite setbacks, life seems to improve. It’s hard going through the rough times, but once we get to the other side, we can look back and see how strong we’ve become, and how blessed we really are.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Those who subscribe to the notion of positive thinking would say something like, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  I believe if God allows the lemons, He has something better in mind. I’m waiting for dessert.